The city of Jbeil, also known as Byblos, is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. The city traces back to the Neolithic period around 5000BC and it was in the city of Jbeil where the Phoenicians invented the first alphabet; and used its harbor for trade.

Throughout the years, let’s say centuries, Jbeil has not lost its reputation, thousands of people flocking to Lebanon yearly, marking Jbeil as their number one place to visit and experience.

The first municipality was founded in Lebanon in 1879 and the municipality of Jbail-Byblos is one of the first municipalities and its council includes 18 members.
List of mayors of Jbail - Byblos:

President Khalil Bassil from 1916 to 1919
President Joachim Nakhle from 1919 to 1921
President Edward Al Sayyad from 1922 to 1924
President Gabriel El Tawileh from 1924 to 1932
President Salameh Salameh from 1935 to 1938
President Beshara Merhi El Kallab from 1938 to 1946
President Gabriel El Tawileh from 1950 to 1952
President Antoine El Shami from 1952 to 1954
President Ibrahim Zaarour from 1955 to 1959
President George Harb from 1959 to 1963
President Antoine El Shami from 1963 to 1998
President Jean-Louis Kordahi from 1998 to 2000
President Rafael Sfeir from 2000 to 2004
President Gino Merhi El Kallab from 2004 to 2007
President Joseph El Shami from 2007 to 2010
President Ziad Hawat from 2010 to 2017
President Wissam Zaarour from 2017 until today.

I wish to thank the city council for electing me as president of the municipality of JBEIL- BYBLOS. It is a great honor for me to be in charge of this great city and I look forward to working with each and everyone of you, members, employees and citizens, for your sake and for the sake of city of JBEIL.
First, I would like to extend my thanks to my predecessors, former presidents for their efforts and accomplishments which led the city to success. We are grateful for what you have done to preserve the cultural heritage of JBEIL, especially the achievements we realized together in the past years which helped restore the ancient glory of Byblos and made it echo all over the world.

Second, I cannot but thank every “Jbeili” (person from Jbeil) for their trust to work together and cooperate for the interest of this special city with a rich history and archeological sites among the oldest in the world. JBEIL- BYBLOS is also the city of coexistence between its inhabitants in spite of their political and religious differences. And thanks to our faith and to the support, friendliness and trust of our city inhabitants, we were able to be standing at this point, because they have cooperated with us and they had faith in the projects we promised to achieve.

Third, I promise you that we are continuing with the developmental, environmental and touristic projects and that we have the duty and obligation to maintain the beautiful and civilized image of Lebanon and its people and spread it in the world, because JBEIL- BYBLOS is not only a Lebanese city but a city with 7000 years of civilization. For this, we have different projects that will help JBEIL- BYBLOS grow in order to keep up the pace with the technological and industrial development, without prejudice to its archeological and cultural value.

Fourth, Cooperation, relations building and common projects with other countries will continue and expand more and more, because they constitute the main conditions that led the city to success and helped it gain international renown thanks to a project that started in 2010 with an elite of young men and women from Jbeil with faith in their city, led by former president of Municipality and current MP Ziad EL HAWAT, where we walked together in the project of reviving and developing the city and we continue to do so after we have obtained the absolute trust from the Jbeil’s inhabitants during the 2016 municipal elections, and for whom we confirm that the project of JBEIL’s progress and prosperity will go on, go on and go on …



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